June 15, 2012 |
SHANGHAI - Fifteen years ago, Jean-Jacques Annaud was demonized by the Chinese Communist Party for his film “Seven Years in Tibet” - the cadres were unhappy with his cinematic portrayal of the People's Liberation Army's invasion of the region in 1949 and his casting of the sister of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. A decade and a half on, the 68-year-old French director is being welcomed here with open arms. On Saturday, Annaud will arrive in China to chair the jury of the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend with 17 films from around the world in competition.
July 12, 2012 |
China's government-controlled distributor China Film Group is releasing two of Hollywood's biggest 3-D animated movies of the year on the same weekend, forcing the pair to compete head-on and potentially denting their ticket sales in the world's second-most lucrative market. The movies -- 20th Century Fox's sequel "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and "The Lorax" from Universal Pictures -- will both be released July 27. In the U.S. and elsewhere, the two family pictures were released months apart to avoid cannibalizing each other's box office.
July 13, 2012 |
China'sgovernment-controlled film distributor is releasing two of Hollywood's biggest 3-D animated movies of the year on the same weekend, forcing them to compete head-on and potentially denting their ticket sales in the world's second-most-lucrative market. The movies - 20th Century Fox's sequel"Ice Age: Continental Drift" and"The Lorax" from Universal Pictures - will both be released July 27 by China Film Group. In the U.S. and elsewhere, the two family pictures were released months apart to avoid cannibalizing each other's box office.
May 23, 2012 |
Beverly Hills-based RealD Inc. is further expanding its presence in China. The 3-D equipment supplier said Wednesday it had a signed a deal to install 100 3-D screens for the Bona Film Group's theater circuit in China. Bona, a leading film distributor in China, plans to install RealD 3-D systems at each of the company's 11 theater locations. "3-D technology gives moviegoers a more immersive visual experience, which takes the movie business to a new level," said Don Yu, chairman and CEO of Bona Film Group.
May 23, 2006 |
Chinese censors have cleared the Tom Cruise action thriller "Mission: Impossible III" for release in the country, a film executive said Monday. "It's passed censorship," said Yuan Wenqiang, vice president at the state-owned China Film Group, one of the film's distributors in China. Yuan said he didn't know what scenes, if any, censors deleted. He also didn't know when the movie will hit Chinese movie theaters.
November 25, 2004 |
Sony Pictures has set up a joint venture television and film co-production unit in China, taking advantage of a loosening of restrictions on the tightly controlled industry. The joint venture with Hua Long Film Digital Production Co. of the state-run China Film Group, which holds a majority stake, has full approval from Chinese regulators, Sony Pictures Television International said in a statement.
August 27, 2008 |
Hollywood has been mining Asian movies for ideas for years, but now an American studio is remaking one of its home productions as a Chinese-language movie with local partners. Warner China Film HG -- a joint venture between Warner Bros. and China's state-run China Film Group and Hengdian Group -- is releasing "Connected" on Sept. 25, remaking the 2004 New Line Cinema thriller "Cellular," starring Kim Basinger. "Connected" changes the setting to Hong Kong and switches the cast to Chinese-speaking actors.
June 7, 2013 |
Even as DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg was in China this week crowing about the box office success of "The Croods", Chinese theater owners were ordered by regulators to end the movie's theatrical run two weeks earlier than anticipated. The move was widely interpreted as a way to make room for local animation films, underscoring how even the Hollywood studios that are the most successful in China can be subject to the unpredictable decisions of government authorities eager to expand their own film industry.
September 24, 2013 |
Wang Jianlin is the wealthiest man in China, owns the biggest theater chain in the world and wants to create the world's largest movie studio in his home country. Hollywood is taking the billionaire chairman of Dalian Wanda Group Corp. seriously, but proceeding cautiously. Studio executives, talent agents and luminaries such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman and Harvey Weinstein stood with Wang for the Sunday unveiling of the planned Oriental Movie Metropolis - an $8.2-billion project that would include 20 film and TV sound stages near Qingdao, along with a theme park, wax museum and space for an annual film festival.
August 13, 2013 |
Major Hollywood studios have resolved a tax dispute in China that has held up hundreds of millions of box-office dollars since 2012. The months-long dispute centered on a 2% value-added tax that state-owned distributor China Film Group insisted Hollywood studios pay out of their share of Chinese box-office revenues, cutting into their profits in the world's second-largest film market. But Tuesday evening the Motion Picture Assn. of America, which represents the major studios, said the matter had been resolved.